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Undergraduate course

Computing Technology: History, Theory and Practice

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeDIKULT104
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course will provide students with an overview of the historical development of computing technologies, from the early conceptualisation of principles for computation to today¿s information and communication technology. Technological developments will be discussed in a social and cultural perspective. A combination of lectures and practical work will give students a theoretical and practical introduction to topics including algorithmic thinking, different kinds of programming languages, ways of structuring information and information architecture, artificial intelligence, computer games, internet history and internet technologies.

Learning Outcomes

After taking the course the student should:

- be able to explain central aspects regarding the computer technology¿s historical development

- have an overview regarding social and cultural factors which have functioned as forces in the development of the computer technology

- have built up an understanding regarding the structure and the way the computers and internet functions

- know the differences between various forms of programming languages and information architecture

- be able to participate in the assessment and planning of software and informationsystem

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

The course is open to students at the bachelor programme in Digital Culture and exchange students. Other students at bachelor and master programmes at The Faculty of Humanities may apply to take the course if there is capacity (via email to studieveileder@lle.uib.no). After the registration deadline (1 February), applicants that have attended as a regular students before the deadline, with preparations, will be eligible to participate in a random selection for available spots.

Teaching and learning methods

Four hours lectures each week, over 13 weeks, partly in computer lab.

If less than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the department¿s guidelines regarding this on "My page". Regarding a course where this is a possibility the students get information about this at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline regarding semesterregistration 1.February/1.September.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

It will be given compulsory assignments in connection with the teaching. Compulsory assignments will be assessed as approved/not approved.

In order to take the exam it is required that the student has participated in at least 75 percent of the teaching and classroom activities. Course participation is approved by the course leader.

Forms of Assessment

A written 4000 words, 7 days home exam. Several questions covering the content of the course might be given and all questions must be answered. Only one final grade will be given.

The student may write in Norwegian or English.

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

Grade scale A-F.

Assessment Semester

Spring and autumn

Reading List

The written curriculum is about 1000 pages. In addition we also see computer progam and other material in connection with the teaching in the computer lab as curriculum.

Course Evaluation

Course evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.


Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.

E-post: advice@lle.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take-home examination

    Assignment handed out
    23.09.2021, 13:00
    Submission deadline
    30.09.2021, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam